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After Hurricane Irene, federal offices open Monday

A downed tree and utility pole just miss a car parked on Idaho Ave N.W. in Washington on Sunday. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

The Office of Personnel Management said Sunday that non-emergency employees must notify their supervisors if they plan to take time off to deal with storm cleanup or other storm-related issues. Emergency workers must report as normal.

In the Washington area, almost half a million customers were without power, including 150,00 in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, 100,000 in Anne Arundel and 30,000 in the District. As of noon, 82,000 were without power in Northern Virginia.

Though many side streets, particularly in the harder-hit area to the east of Interstate 95, were blocked by fallen branches, most main roads remained open

No word yet on whether federal employees in other parts of the country, especially hard-hit New York and New England, will have to report to work as normal.

Follow Ed O’Keefe on Twitter: @edatpost

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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